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Friday, April 1, 2016

Virginia Sends Clear Message of Support to Virginia Latino/as Through Veto Power

Press Release
RaeAnn Roca Pickett, Senior Director of Communications & Public Affairs Phone: 202 621 1409 Email:

Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed legislation this week that would have taken money away from women’s health and would have harmed immigrant families

RICHMOND, Va. —National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) Virginia Latina Advocacy Network issued the following statement in response to the steps Governor Terry McAuliffe took this week combating anti-choice and anti-immigrant legislation proposed by the Virginia state legislature. House Bill 1090 (HB1090) would have prohibited the Virginia Department of Health from funding clinics that provide abortions and other reproductive health care. House Bill 481 (HB 481) and Senate Bill 270 (SB 270) would have placed costly burdens on Virginia law enforcement and deputized its officers to unfairly target immigrants.

Margie Del Castillo, Virginia Latina Advocacy Network Leader for NLIRH said, “The Virginia Latina Advocacy Network is thankful for Governor McAuliffe’s leadership in standing with women and immigrants by vetoing legislation that would harm the Latin@ community in Virginia this week. With so much hateful rhetoric being disseminated about Latin@s, it is refreshing to see a leader standing with us rather than against us.”

“With the Supreme Court case looming on the Presidential executive actions on immigration and state trends prohibiting access to reproductive health, it is good to know that states like Virginia are here to stand with all families. NLIRH will continue to fight for these families and welcome more supporters to these fights,”said Ann Marie Benitez, Senior Director of Government Relations for NLIRH.

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for 26 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States through leadership development, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.